Scientists develop E-skin that can transfer data

(25 Nov 2011) SWEDEN E-SKIN
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Uppsala, Sweden – November 1, 2011
1. Zoom in of stretchable electronics on woman’s arm
2. Close of stretchable electronics in hand
3. Woman seated at desk, holding electronics
4. Close of electronics in hands
5. Close of electronics on arm
6. Wide of Uppsala University Associate Professor Zhigang Wu holding electronics, scientist Shi Cheng seated at desk testing wireless transmission of data
7. Close screen showing result
8. Close of receiver
9. Wide of Zhigang Wu and Shi Cheng at desk, woman with electronics testing breathing attached to abdomen in background
10. Close of screen showing breathing test result
11. Close of electronics attached with belt
12. Extreme close of electronics
13. Woman with electronics attached in foreground Shi Cheng at desk in background
14. Close of Shi Cheng
15. SOUNDBITE: (English) Shi Cheng, Scientist, Eriksson:
“Actually we demonstrated the first wireless communication devices which are flexible, stretchable, can be folded to any curved surfaces, withstand high stretching and also it can report, so to say, how the device feels wirelessly to a PC.”
16. Close of batteries
17. Close of cables
18. Close of numbers on equipment
19. Close of equipment
20. SOUNDBITE: (English) Shi Cheng, Scientist, Eriksson:
“In the past 50 or 60 years people always tried to make electronics smaller, high integration and trying to integrate more devices into the same volume. But it turned out for some applications small electronic devices are not enough. Like, if you would like to measure the strain or bending of your knee you really need to have a device covering a big area.”
21. Pan from woman wearing electronics to Shi Cheng
22. Close of electronics on abdomen
23. SOUNDBITE: (English) Shi Cheng, Scientist, Eriksson:
“For sure if you are wearing a sensor device you would like to have your normal life. You would like to move around, walk around, that’s for sure. And in that case you don’t want to have this bulky, rigid device. I mean that is not part of your life.”
24. Close of electronics
25. SOUNDBITE: (English) Shi Cheng, Scientist, Eriksson:
“If you have the stretchability. Then it makes things much easier. Because it can take some strain and you can have this seamlessly connected or attached to your body surface.”
26. Shi Cheng and Zhigang Wu at desk
27. SOUNDBITE: (Mandarin) Zhigang Wu, Associate Professor, Uppsala University:
“In the future stretchable electronics will be used in your every day life, for example on your mobile phone, in newspapers. And in healthcare it will be used to monitor patients.”
28. Close of stretchable electronics
Stretchable electronics that become a second skin might sound like science fiction.
But around the world scientists are working on different versions of so-called “E-skins.”
In Sweden scientists have developed a version that can wirelessly report data on what happens to the wearer.
In the future we might all have this kind of “electronic skin” attached to our bodies.
In “E-Skin”, as it is also known, liquid metal has been integrated in a sheet of silicone, creating a kind of stretchable electronics.
The electronics can do various things depending on how they are designed.
These ones work as a strain sensor, checking how parts of the body are moving.
E-Skin is in itself nothing new; scientists all over the world have been working on stretchable electronics for years.
What is new is that this sheet of silicone and liquid metal also works as a wireless transmitter, sending data in real time to a nearby PC.
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